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We know how stressful weddings can be, particularly during the last year and a half – butt his story seems to seriously take the (wedding) cake.
One bride-to-be is seeing her wedding in jeopardy due to a raging row with her mother-in-law over her wedding dress – and her future in-laws are so furious, they’re threatening to boycott the wedding entirely.
“I didn’t invite MIL wedding dress shopping because our relationship is awkward but I thought I’d show her a picture to make her feel included. My dress is a beautiful flowy beachy dress, but not technically a wedding dress and could be ordered in colour. I bought it from a small local boutique that we both love.
“MIL said that I can’t wear the dress because she bought the same one for her 50th birthday which is two weeks after my wedding. MIL does have the dress though in a mint green colour (there is enough detailing that it is still clearly the same dress) and she has the receipt to prove she got it first. Lavish birthday parties are a thing in our circle, so I know she has invested serious time and money in this party.
“I said that I am still going to wear the dress, (despite the fact I could easily return it with no loss) because I didn’t do this out of malice and I love it. MIL said if she wears it two weeks after I do everyone is going to think she is pathetic and copying her sons wife. I said sorry but not really my problem.”
The bride continued: “Everyone has gone crazy since I said that. His entire side of the family and the friends MIL invited have all backed out of the wedding, so like 15 people and it will be noticeable. His sisters were supposed to be in the wedding party on his side but dropped out and have blocked him on everything.
“His stepdad won’t talk to him and says he regrets raising him and he isn’t a real man because a real man would stand up for his mom. His bio dad is even in MILs side which doesn’t surprise me because they are good friends, but he called us up to shame us the other night. My fiancé is hurting and found out his family had a big beach day and invited everyone but him. He called MIL and they talked but didn’t come to a resolution. She said if I refuse to do the right thing the only answer is no one going to her party can go to the wedding. He tried calling SIL and found out she blocked him. He is mad at me now and feels like she had it first.”
We told you it was a wild ride.
Naturally, the good people of Reddit were stunned at this dress warfare – with one person urging that maybe she should return the dress to keep the peace.
A second person added: “The MIL is right - she's going to look like a deranged stalker if she wears the same dress as OP (original poster) for her party two weeks after the wedding.”
However, others believed the bride was not in the wrong, and that the mother-in-law was acting ridiculously.
One person even suggested the bride-to-be calls off the wedding entirely.
“Honestly, I would reconsider marrying into a family that would bully me over a dress. I think OP needs to stick to her decision because it could mean constantly being bullied in the future over other small issues. With toxic in-laws, you have to put your foot down. If her SO doesn’t want to defend her from being attacked by his family, she’s much better off without him,” they wrote.
“Please reconsider your decision if after all of these crazy bullying your fiance still wants his family, you most definitely will have a hard family life,” a second said. “Your husband has a bully of a family and they won't stop.”
Looks like the jury’s out on this one.
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